Thu, 16 Jul | Online Event, Zoom Sessions

Representation & Inclusion in Fashion evidence session - fashion in education

We are interested in hearing about experiences and stories on inclusion and exclusion in the fashion industry in order for us to make policy recommendations
Representation & Inclusion in Fashion evidence session - fashion in education

Time & Location

16 Jul 2020, 11:00
Online Event, Zoom Sessions

About the Event

Background Information 

Access and representation to and within the fashion industry is lagging behind other industry areas. As well as hindering people’s ability to develop professionally and fulfil their potentials, it limits the growth of the industry by restricting the talent pool. In the ‘Representation in the Fashion Industry Policy Paper’, Fashion Roundtable aims to map the opinions of industry insiders and consumers to understand the cause of these discrepancies and propose and assess potential solutions. 

Within the design and fashion design sub-sector in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, people of BAME origins held only 9% of jobs in the sector.  

The Creative Industries has the lowest percentage of jobs held by people who qualify as disabled under the Equality Act 2010 at 10.1%, and in the design and designer fashion subsector it is 8.75%.  

People are still unable to identify outside ‘male’ and ‘female’ in legal documentation, and statistics for the non-binary and trans population are not included in the sector breakdown given by the DCMS.  

Evidence Sought 

As part of the research for the APPG for Textiles and Fashion’s ‘Representation and Inclusion in the Fashion Industry’, Fashion Roundtable is initiating this call for evidence to the public. Fashion Roundtable aim to understand the experiences of people who work in the fashion industry or are consumers of goods and services produced by the fashion industry in relation to access, inclusion and representation.  

Evidence will be reviewed and analysed to suggest policies for improving access, inclusion and representation within the fashion industry.

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